By: Marilyn Assenheim
On Sunday much was made of John Boehner’s toughness in the face of The Lyin’ King’s childish thuggery. He was “standing firm” against childish pressure being inflicted upon America by a petulant president (e.g. closing national parks, war memorials and even portions of the Atlantic ocean, halting access to football by servicemen and women overseas, etc.). It is, however, critical to understand what Boehner’s position really means. Defunding Obamacare is not what he is driving at. Boehner’s line in the sand now consists of negotiating an increase in the debt ceiling in exchange for…delaying Obamacare.
According to McClatchy DC: “Boehner said he worked with members to come up with the strategy to tie government funding to a delay of the new health care law…large portions of which (go) into effect Tuesday. But some members of even his own party say that Boehner is moving forward on a path he opposes at the behest of conservative Republicans.” The second sentence is almost as vital as the first.
The National Health Service, lauded model for Obamacare, was founded in 1948 and has been an ongoing and ruinously expensive failure ever since. The NHS, the world’s largest employer (1.7 million) credo is posted on their website: “The NHS was born out of a long-held ideal that good healthcare should be available to all, regardless of wealth…It is funded directly from taxation and is granted to the Department of Health by Parliament. When the NHS was launched in 1948 it had a budget of £437 million (roughly £9 billion at today’s value). For 2012/13 it is around £108.9 billion.” What does that tell us? America is an order or magnitude larger than Great Britain. Even the modest figures presented by the CBO prove the cost of Obamacare to America are yet another mountainous lie courtesy of The Lyin’ King.
On Saturday, The Telegraph announced that Britain’s Conservative majority government is ending NHS access to illegal aliens: “Foreigners will have to prove that they are entitled to be in the country before they are given access to GPs and hospitals, while foreign students will have to make a ‘contribution’ to the health service. The measure will form the centrepiece of tough new legislation designed to reduce numbers entering the country and put pressure on illegal immigrants to leave. A senior government source said it was an attempt to target ‘people who have no right to be here’.” The Telegraph elucidates: “Other elements of the Bill include:
• A ban on councils giving social housing to individuals with no connection to an area, with “penalties” if the rules are not followed;
• Fines of up to £3,000 if landlords do not conduct thorough background checks on their tenants to ensure they have a legal right to live in Britain, and fines of up to £20,000 for every illegal worker employed by unscrupulous businesses;
• A victory for The Sunday Telegraph’s campaign to end the farce that sees foreign criminals dodging deportation by appealing using the Human Rights Act.
Instead the law will allow immediate deportation and appeals from outside the country. The plans are intended to address what ministers see as public concern over the impact of the migration policies of the last Labour government.”
Britain’s Conservatives are beginning to redress a failure that has plagued them since its inception in 1948. They are revising an equally disastrous immigration policy brought about by its Labour Party. On Thursday The Washington Examiner published the results of a Pew Research poll; illegal immigration to the United States is back on the rise. Conservatives in Britain are doing the exact opposite of what The Lyin’ King and a self-serving political class is seeking to foment here.
Boehner’s feet are being held to the fire by the Republican’s conservative branch, against his will. But kicking the can down the road will not cause understandably skittish employers to offer new jobs, improve access to health insurance nor will it halt the deteriorating fortunes of an America growing more impoverished by the day.
RINOs are alone in considering a delay to Obamacare a “win.” Delay just proffers a temporary stay of execution from the 800 lb. gorilla in the room. Obamacare remains an entitlement that presages the downfall of the world’s heretofore greatest economy.